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Parents spoke of lives being transformed. ‘There is pixie dust around the school’, said one. In reality there is no magic wand. It’s a matter of hard work coupled with an understanding of how children learn and excellent, timely delivery. Pupils are lively, well-mannered children who clearly delight in their school. We heard comments like ‘it really helps you – they move you up step by step' and 'it's like a giant family’. But it isn't just the work that excites. Children animatedly recounted tales of...

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What the school says...

Moon Hall School for Dyslexic Children was founded in 1985. Since that time, hundreds of dyslexic boys and girls have been helped to achieve their potential and large numbers have gone on to universities - including Oxbridge. Entrants should be of at least average ability and have been assessed as dyslexic by an independent Educational Psychologist. Additionally, prospective pupils will visit MHS for tests in literacy and numeracy and to ensure that their needs can be appropriately met.

The school provides speech & language therapy and occupational therapy as needed, and is actively involved in research aimed at improving working memory, a core difficulty in dyslexia.
The use of assistive technology is encouraged and pupils are integrated with the pupils of Belmont Prep School, in whose grounds we have our building. Our ultimate aim is to return the vast majority of pupils to mainstream schooling.
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Headteacher

Since September 2016, Emma Fraser SENCo BA QTS EYPS Dip SpLD, previously SENCo at Rosemead Prep, where she had been the SEN teacher since 1998.

Entrance

Moon Hall caters for children with a diagnosis of dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia. Parents are asked to provide a report from an educational psychologist. If the child's profile looks suitable, they spend a day at the school, being carefully (but gently) scrutinised and assessed 'to see if the school is appropriate'.

School doesn’t accept children with emotional or behavioural problems and is unable to help those with severe speech and language difficulties. Children are ‘taught from where they are at’ – so no problem with mid-year entry.

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Special Education Needs

Moon Hall is a school catering exclusively for dyslexic children. We focus on literacy and numeracy whilst providing all usual subjects across the curriculum with the exception of French. Each of our teachers holds a specialist diploma in teaching children with specific learning difficulties as well as a Phono-Graphix qualification. Children may be with us full-time for three or four years and will be taught in small groups. They are usually able to become Belmont-based from Year 6 onwards but still receive English and, if required maths teaching with Moon Hall teachers; or they may come to us part-time in groups of six or seven. All children are taught to touch-type and 1-1 tuition is provided as necessary.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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